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On St. Pat's Day, SoCal Drivers Fork Over More Green At The Pump

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Southern California gas prices have risen by about 40 cents since late February during the annual spring gas price spike after a double-digit price increase this past week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.641 a gallon for regular today, 15.3 cents more than last Thursday.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.756 per gallon, which is 14.8 cents higher than last week, 26 cents more than last month, and 66 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.697, which is 15.5 cents more than last week, 21 cents higher than last month, and 69 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.729, 19.7 cents more than last week, 29 cents higher than a month ago, and 68 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.693, 16.6 cents higher than last week, 22 cents more than last month, and 70 cents less than last year.


“Gas prices around the U.S. are rising rapidly as demand increases while oil prices climb higher,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “In Southern California, there is one report of local refineries facing electrical power difficulties and refining capability during the spring and summer months because of potential lack of access to natural gas supplies.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on March 17, averages are: 






Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


+14.8 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+14.5 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+15.5 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



+19.7 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


+16.6 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







+14.3 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







+13.9 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

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